PART TWO - 01 June 2020 Update
WHAT WORKS, AND WHAT DOESN'T
First, lets talk about what DOESN'T work in containing the Coronavirus disease:
'"The Isolation Contradiction"
. What does not work to control Coronavirus contagion
. Corroborating supplemental data continues to pour in that across-the-board Isolation
of the general public, of those who have not
contracted the disease, hasn't
worked - and that a combination of other measures has
. Take the examples of the U.S.
states of New York
and New Jersey
. Early on these two states implemented severe lockdown measures on the general public, only to see the Coronavirus
contagion continue to escalate, killing thousands (only in recent days have they noticed a 'flattening of their curves
On the other hand, Thailand
, which never went into lockdown, but implemented other controls, saw a relatively small outbreak, and a rapid reduction of the vital Coronavirus
data. Then, take the example of Sweden
, which didn't lock down (but practiced safe-distancing), which was originally reviled by the WHO
and the MSM
for being a rogue nation endangering the lives of their own population. However, over night (26 May
to be exact) they became WHO
's 'poster-boy' darling, stating Sweden
should be the model for others to follow
. These are, of course, only three examples, but they are now typical of the recent data from other countries / areas around the globe.
Epidemiologists who apply (real) statistical analysis
(like you studied in college) are now showing that there is an abnormally narrow deviation from the data - there are virtually no exceptions - Isolation
isn't shown to be critical to the suppression of Coronavirus
. The only observations where 'Isolation
' has apparently worked is where other
preventive measures were also in the mix. There is just NO
data which supports direct correlation / causation
Let's put a name on it - "The Isolation Contradiction
". What the evidence is showing is those families -and inmates of institutions- which were arbitrarily locked-down were unable or unwilling to exercise proper social distancing, etc, within the home / institution
. The result is that a very large percent of Coronavirus
infection has been found to be in-home / in-institution
We should remember that from the git-go the primary purpose of Isolation
was to 'flatten the curve
' - or in plain English
, slow the spread, so that the planet's medical facilities would not be overwhelmed by the sick. No one, including the epidemiologists (those who don't have an agenda), has ever
would prevent Covid-19
. Therefore, now that the 'curves have been flattened
', any justification for maintaining Isolation among uninfected persons / groups has evaporated
- Herbal Medicines
. As noted last month, proponents for the use of local ya samunphrai
(herbals) such as Faa-thalai-jone
, ginger and garlic have shown no scientific data to support their claims that these herbal remedies are effective in treating Coronavirus
Next, lets talk about what DOES work in containing the Coronavirus disease. Note: Currently there is no way to determine how successful any one of the below precautions is in the suppression of the Coronavirus, nevertheless, the emperical evidence is undeniable - both 'new cases' and 'deaths' are now at a minimum - due to these currently in-place measures.
- 'Closing the Borders
'. - Restricting international travel
, thereby shortstopping new Coronavirus-infected
individuals from entering the country. Incoming travel from abroad was / is restricted to repatriation of Thai Nationals
(who must enter into 14-day quarantine
), and officials who are involved in the Corona Virus Pandemic
eradication efforts. Some foreign nationals have been allowed to exit the country on restricted flights after being tested (they would still be quarantined at their home country destinations).
- 'Restricting Internal Travel
'. - The Central Government
delegated the Provincial Governors
(including Krung Thep
) to manage their own in/out travel restrictions (wherein many Governors
did not allow others to enter their provinces without going through a 14-day at-home quarantine
- 'Scanning of Body Temperature
'. - When entering public facilities and retail shops, temperature scanning of the individual has become commonplace. Evidence of high temperature could indicate infection by Covid-19
, and a person would not be able to access the facility.
- 'Social Distancing
'. - Maintaining a distance of 1 to 2 meters
prevents the passing of the virus
through direct contact with another human.
- Hygiene. - Personal and Area
- The removal of the Coronavirus
from the skin by soap-and-water hand-washing (thereby preventing it from entering the mouth, nose, or perhaps the eye, from touching), and antiseptic cleaning of hard surfaces within the home and workplace - specifically areas / objects that could harbor Coronavirus
for a number of hours or days before dying off. Refraining from touching surfaces while away from home : door handles, elevator buttons, escalator handrails, etc, while using personal (hand) sanitizers whenever available.
- Wearing of masks
. The prevention of projecting virus-laden moisture and/ or droplets of saliva in the breath onto another individual or surface. The wearing of masks also limits the amount of moisture / saliva laden breath of others from reaching your face - regardless of what WHO
and the CDC
have been babbling... Also wearing a mask in public tends to reduce the amount of times a person touches his / her face (statistically, it's mostly 'her').
- Time & Herd Immunity
. - The longer the Coronavirus
is around, the greater the amount of 'herd immunity
'. Through expanding antibody testing, it is now known that there is a much larger than expected number of persons who have been exposed to the virus, and who, without exhibiting symptoms, have developed antibodies. Further, it is now officially
recognized that a measure of immunity is
provided by the development of antibodies. There is currently no accurate way by which to gauge how much of the population (by %)
has developed antibodies, therefore it cannot be accurately known how much any resultant herd immunity
has contributed to the current level of amelioration of Coronavirus
. Accurate data on this can only be obtained after widespread, statistically significant testing and evaluation has been completely effected - and this will take considerable time.
- Increased medical care
. - to include improved medical procedures and the use of off-the-shelf chemical medicines, such as hydroxychloroquine sulfate
in combination with Zithromycin
antibiotic and zinc
. Preliminary testing of this, and other medicines continues to show positive results in reducing the effects of Coronavirus
. While very encouraging, testing should continue on a full spectrum of medicines / chemicals while attempts are made to develop a vaccine (which may, or may not ever be developed).
- 'The Curfew
'. While this is specifically more a necessity in Thailand
than in other countries (because Thais
love to congregate in any numbers at all-night kwei tiew
and khao tom
restaurants, and / or go to all-night gambling spots
-also in any numbers), the Curfew
can help to insure other C-Virus
preventives are observed.
Let the June 2020 Follies
It has been 2-1/2 months since the Governmental restrictions due to the Coronavirus have put a lid on the Bangkok Night Entertainment Scene. This month, we have seen a further loosening of the Emergency Decree restrictions which allow the opening of Traditional Massage Parlors and some Spas. This month's survey includes a new category - "REOPENED" which relfects a reopening of Venues which were previously closed due to the Decree. We also include other openings and closures, as per usual.
, as with all other Night Entertainment Venues
on Patpong 1
, remains in darkness. We note that there were a couple of Massage Parlors
which could have got away with calling themselves 'Traditional
' (under Phase 3 - Emergency Decree
) that did not reopen - when they could have... We are pleased to report that, at least for the time being, the eyesore tent city
cluttering the roadway with counterfeit goods has not returned.
) rolled up the red carpet and padlocked the door for the last and final time on 12 May 2020
. Of course, as we are now mid-Coronavirus pandemic
, for more than 2
months there has been no 'red carpet
', no Khun Vinai
on his dais....
As Patpong 2 Road
struggles to remake itself, there were only a handful of the original "Patpong Era
" bars remaining: the Pink Panther
, the Old Other Office
, the Crown Royal
and Cosmos Club
(even before the SARS-CoV-2
) - so the closing of Cosmos
was not only a huge 'loss' on its own, it seemed to many of us to be a harbinger of the bad times to come.
' popularity transcended the 'turndown' that affected the Patpongs
this last decade, its denizens myriad over the years. Not long after its opening, Cosmos
, a lounge bar, became the favorite on the Patpongs
among the 'old-fart' expats
, (tourists not so much), so its demise last month was largely lamented in our rag-tag ''community'. Nevertheless, its closure was not entirely a 'shock' to us (we stragglers) - as last year Cosmos
went up "For Sale
" for a brief period ...the handwriting was on the wall, so to speak. No takers, it removed itself from 'the marketplace' and went back to being just Cosmos
and his brother go way back in the Patpong Saga
, way before the opening of Cosmos
. The brothers were innovators, with such ground-breaking bars as Fire Cat
(the first of the wave of 'Upstairs Bars'
on PP 1
introducing total nudity and shows in the '80's
), and the upstairs Cleopatra
(above the Bat Boat
) which was the first no-holds-barred A Go-Go bar
on PP 2
The genesis of Cosmos
is, however, not quite as Vinai
has posted on the outside of the bar. It did not open in 1992
- not by a furlong or two... In 1992
up until February 1994
it was the E.C. Pub
. At that juncture it split into the E.C. Pub
and the Melody Bar A Go Go
- both fun and raunchy bars. By April 1994
, both the E.C.
and the Melody
had closed - to make way for the soon-to-open Sawasdee Club
(not to be confused with Sawasdee Bar
on PP 1
). The Sawasdee Club
opened in June 1994
, and continued on until November 1995
opened in the old Sawasdee Club
digs in December of 1995
, and not a moment before...
All is not lost, however. The day following the closure of Cosmos Club
, the upstairs neighbors commenced negotiations with the landlord to take over the reins (results of those negotiations still unknown at this time). We also hear chatter that a bunch of 'old farts'
have mooted taking over, with a plan to run the place, so it could be -pandemic willin' and the cricks don't rise- that the old Cosmos
will continue on ...in one form or another...
As had been envisioned, when Phase 2 of the rollback of the Emergency Decree restrictions was implemented, the Patpong Museum was considered to be an "allowable" Venue". On 17 May 2002 they reopened full force (and for the remainder of the month were promoting a twofer deal.) Welcome back to the fray. (We note that other related Venues, inclusive of the upstairs Black Pagoda, have been renovated top-to-bottom, and are hopeful of a July 2020 reopening...)
The "Funny" sign just popped up last month on the wall of the King's Corner 2... Could this be a 'name-change'? Or a split into two separate bars? A wait-and-see item...
A photo of the Baccara
on the night the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA)
closed down the Nitespots
at the commencement of the city-wide lockdown brought about by the oncoming Coronavirus pandemic
is in the midst of an implosion
- seven (7) Venues
are reported to have already closed permanently (photos below
). See Stickman's authoritative article (link)
on Nana Plaza
this week for the complete run-down.. The Pollyannas
amongst us would hope that the bars will find new 'owners' prior to the end of the closedown brought about by the Emergency Decree
, but then, things don't usually work out that way, do they.... And this may not be the end of the collapse of Nana Plaza
(and other locations, for that matter) - as long as the borders remain closed to tourism
, it won't really matter whether the bars are allowed to open or not....
, which closed in February
also will not be reopening. (See our 01 February
issue for photo and details.)
The Swan Massage & Salon
has reopened. When we stopped by, they advised that due to the requirement to close at 22:00 hrs
(so that they can be home by 23:00 hrs
curfew) most of their massage girls come in early in the day to receive customers. Located deep in the Soi
across from the Hotel Omni
. Welcome back to the slippery slopes.
SOI NANA - (SOI 4 SUKHUMVIT)
at the Nana Hotel
have reopened. As is with all other Venues
(excepting the few speakeasys scattered about...) they cannot yet serve alcohol. They close at 22:00 hrs
- at least until 15 June
(end of Phase 3
rollback), last orders taken 21:15 hrs
. Welcome back to the darker Bangkok
While we are on the Nana Hotel
, renovations have been completed and staff on premises are saying they plan to reopen 1 July 2020
. A wait-and-see item, of course - depending on a second-wave-free rollback...
SOI NANA - (SOI 4 SUKHUMVIT)
has reopened. Their superb tequila bar
is "closed" as tightly as they can close it... for the time being. Located at the back of the Rajah Hotel
near Soi 2
. Welcome them back to the new abnormal.
SOI NANA - (SOI 4 SUKHUMVIT)
Four other Massage Parlors
qualifying as 'Traditional Massage' Parlors
also reopened on Soi Nana
on 1 June 2020
* Charmming Massage - REOPENED - Subsoi Big Mango across from Rajah Hotel.
* OK. D. Massage - REOPENED - Across from the Rajah Hotel on the main Soi.
* Na Na Massage - REOPENED - in the Na Na Condo - also across from the Rajah Hotel.
* T-Thai Massage - REOPENED - Also across from the Rajah Hotel.
SOI NANA - (SOI 4 SUKHUMVIT)
The Banana Room Club
remains in darkness along with the rest of the Soi
. We do note a couple of the "massage" venues'
doors were open on the Soi
, but the lights were out, and they weren't actively 'open-for-business
' - probably wondering whether the Authorities
would consider them to be 'Traditional Massage
' shops (which they are not).
Titanium Ice Bar
, a long-time stalwart on the Soi 22 Night Entertainment Scene
has gone head-first into the meat grinder. It has been at the same location since before we first eyed Soi 22
as a possible Night Entertainment Area
). Prior to the Pandemic shut-down
, it appeared to be doing its usual (busy) thing - apparently management couldn't continue, not knowing when the tourist trade would return....
and that cluster of (mostly) Traditional Massage Parlors
has reopened as of 01 June 2020
. Welcome back...
Holiday Relax Massage has REOPENED.
AW Massage has REOPENED, but across the street from their old digs next to Titanium..
Jasmine Massage has REOPENED.
Siam Breeze Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.
Ampha has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight..
B52 Bar Beer has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.
BKK Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.
Butterfly Massage has REOPENED.
Iyashi Barber Massage has REOPENED.
Nice Massage / Nice Massage 2 have REOPENED.
Wild Orchid Massage has REOPENED.
Bear Hug Momiya Massage has REOPENED.
Chaowang Massage has REOPENED.
Fah Massage & Nail has REOPENED.
Paradise S22 Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Hang Out Bar has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Rita Massage has REOPENED in the now CLOSED Thai Candy Massg. in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Bangkok Passion has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Anatasia Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Dive Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.
Nang Merry Massage & Coffee has REOPENED.
Mekkhala Massage has REOPENED.
Buddy's Bar has REOPENED (serving food for the interim).
B2 Massage & Spa
in Honey Plaza is CLOSED permanently - it WON'T be REOPENING.
Honey Bar bar beer has REOPENED - no alcohol, in Honey Plaza.
Lek @ 22 Massage has REOPENED.
No Idea is still OPEN.
Wine Depot has REOPENED in Park 22.
Kiss Bangkok 2 MOVED into Absolute Bankok Massg - now (CLOSED) in Subsoi Hana.
Hana Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Hana.
Dolla Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Hana.
Kaede Massage has REOPENED.
Miss Neko Massage has REOPENED.
Marigold Massage has REOPENED.
In spite of simultaneous Pandemic restrictions
and new construction, the outdoor nightmarket 'food court
' continues to carry on, if only slightly diminished from the first of the year. (We note a new Taco Bell
opened up across the street in front of the Ambassador Hotel
- it ain't Mexican
, it ain't Tex-Mex
, but it ain't bad...)
(Sukhumvit Soi 11)
Smile Jasmine has OPEN NEW in what was the Sabai Massage - now CLOSED.
Ban Thong Dee Massage has REOPENED.
Phoenix Massage has REOPENED.
P.P Bar Beer & Massage has REOPENED. Massage only.
Niraon Massage has REOPENED.
Hollywood Waxing & Massage has REOPENED.
Lotus Massage has REOPENED in the Subsoi.
Grace Massage has REOPENED in the Subsoi.
Praew Spa 2 has REOPENED in the Subsoi.
Baan Phuan Massage has REOPENED.
Grace Foot Massage & Salon has REOPENED.
(Sukhumvit Soi 11)
SOI 7 PLAZA
(AKA "Nana Plaza @ 7")
While we weren't expecting any activity at all, we resurveyed Soi 7 Plaza
- just to be on the record. As it happened, it was raining, and the pundits were correct - rain water comes down directly on the pathways, or off the roofs onto the pathways - the drainage within the compound is almost non-existent. The photo below shows the water on the paving at the lower left. (The Drop In Bar
is not open, however a few of the food stalls
(open) provided a modicum of light in the compound.)
SOI 7 PLAZA
The After Sammy Bar
has become the first Soi 7 Plaza
confirmed casualty of the Pandemic shut-down
. It has now become an unnamed soup kitchen. May they reincarnate in a better time and place...
SOI 7 PLAZA
has reopened. Some months ago, several of Bangkok's specialty massages
were cracked down upon by the local Sign Gestapos
... If they weren't legitimate massage parlors (primary function offering sexual services) they would not be allowed to display the word, "Massage
" on their signage. New
was one of those, and for that matter, still is. We wonder, therefore, how they are qualifying under the current Emergency Decree, Phase 3
, as "Traditional Massage Parlors
"? Perhaps we don't want to know...
ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33)
Kocho Ran has REOPENED. A Japanese massage.
7-Heaven Massage has REOPENED. A Japanese massage.
My Raku Massage has REOPENED.
Top Thai Massage & Spa has REOPENED.
Po Massage has REOPENED.
Rakuten Spa has REOPENED.
Dream Heaven Nuru Nuru Gel has REOPENED. A special services Venue.
ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33)